Table 1.

Differences in body composition between various ethnic groups

BMIa (kg/m2) meanLean mass area (cm2) mean (95% CI)Visceral fat (cm2) mean (95% CI)Subcutaneous fat (cm2) mean (95% CI)
WhiteN = 78527.898 (95–100)159 (153–165)253 (243–264)
African AmericanN = 40730.2104 (101–108)128 (120–136)298 (283–313)
LatinoN = 50129.499 (95–102)164 (157–172)264 (250–278)
South AsianN = 90325.893 (91–69)134 (129–140)237 (227–246)
Chinese AmericanN = 2512489 (85–94)114 (104–125)177 (160–195)
  • NOTE: Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd.: International Journal of Obesity (21), copyright 2016.

  • Abbreviation: CI, confidence interval.

  • aBMI recorded from the all MASALA/MESA studies.